Permanently Closed - Ristorante Morini

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1405 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian

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This restaurant is permanently closed. Ristorante Morini celebrates Italian cuisine by offering regional specialties, showcasing Chef Michael White’s modern interpretations of traditional dishes. Upon arrival, guests are welcomed by a lively first floor dining room, featuring a stunning backlit bar. The bar at Ristorante Morini features seasonally crafted cocktails along with a full menu. Ristorante Morini takes reservations both online and by phone.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday to Friday, 12:00pm - 2:30pm. Brunch: Sunday, 11:30am - 2:30pm. Dinner: Monday to Saturday, 5:30pm - 10:00pm. Sunday, 5:30pm - 9:30pm.
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Phone number
(212) 249-0444
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Michael White
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
86th Street
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Parking details
1 hour metered parking from 10am - 7pm. Free street parking available after 7pm from Mon - Sat; all day Sunday. Several parking garages within a couple blocks of the restaurant.
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Public transit
4,5,6 Train to 86th Street and Lexington Avenue
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.4based on recent ratings
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4.3
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CP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The restaurant is closed!!!
How dare you book reservation for a restaurant that doesn’t exist anymore !

DL
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Morini was always very good but I guess since it is closing August 16, it was just ok this time. Menu was limited many dishes not featured anymore, only a couple of desserts left. Sparkling water had no bubbles Service was so so. He was trying but struggled.

K
New York Area
121 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Too late the restaurant lost their lease. Appetizers came just before the wine. The dessert was on the menu including ice cream but arrived without with no explanation. Turns out they had refrigerator problems???

d
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous staff
General Manager and team awesome!
Thanks!

MS
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We in the neighborhood are VERY sorry to see this place close!

R
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience4

Apparently the restaurant is closing. They served food in that manner

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everyone was wonderful! Great food and ambiance!

K
New York Area
52 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We’ve been coming to Morini for quite a few times, and for some reason, this one was just a so-so experience overall.

m
New York Area
133 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

if you are an upper east sider this is one that should be on your go to list. service is excellent (4 1/2 stars)
sommelier is informative, pleasant and professional. cuisine (scallops, salt cod ravioli, snapper) was excellent. only downer is the somewhat outdated interior and older UES clientele.
that said, we eat here frequently and have never been disappointed and neither will you

b
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Terrific service and delicious food. Sad this location is closing soon. :(

g
New York Area
381 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We were very disappointed with brunch this time. The waitress didn't seem to know what was in some of the dishes and just read the menu to us (which isn't helpful.) Everything was very salty. And one of the $23 brunch entrees didn't come with so much as a leaf of lettuce. Our other experiences here have been good, so we aren't writing it off yet. But we sure do hope they fix these issues because there's too much competition to eat a bad brunch especially at that price.

a
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience3

Purchased a gilt city promo we were treated like a King and Queen. The service was amazing, place is pretty, food was very good and the location (although quiet) is a nice walk from Central Park. I loved it and will def. return!

R
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Lousy service where the staff seemed to very relaxed. The food quality was average, in addition they ranout of some products and brought one main dish not considering our request for diet restriction which was informed to our waiter. Definitely, we will not go back!

W
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Intimate and stylish bar/lounge seating. Pricey but worth it. Casually elegant and perfect for a lunch apres museum or shopping in the area.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Chicken was super over done - was very disappointed.

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food

a
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place!

t
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Sunday supper is a favorite of ours - low key, excellent family-style food.

OT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Management needs to retrain wait staff as to how one serves and be responsive to customers.
Very disappointed

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

very brilliant place!will come here again!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always!

AK
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was noon, so things were quiet. Personable welcome. Best focaccia I've ever had. Imaginative dishes true to the Italian tradition. The homemade cannoli gelato was just right to conclude the feast.

F
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food is good. Wines are overpriced especially wines by the glass.

OT
El Paso
12 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner for first night in New York!

SL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience1

My husband and I have eaten at Ristorante Morini at least twice a month since it opened. It had been a favorite family restaurant until last Friday. As one of the hostesses ushered us into the elevator, she told my husband he had the elevator ride to take off his baseball cap. It was in large part the way this was delivered. We are both professionals with advanced degrees but we felt reduced to peasants in that one sentence. As a result, we will not be returning to Ristorante Morini.

H
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Notoriously small portions (as I was told by others)

e
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent and getting better.!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Service was disappointing

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall1food4service1ambience5

After they brought us our check they came back and asked for more money because they had undercharged us and didn’t even apologize.

EK
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Ristorante Morini has two levels with seating. The downstairs level is smaller and has a cozier feel, while we sat upstairs which is more elegant and spacious feeling. Though, both levels were beautiful. The staff was very attentive and helpful, and the food was incredible! We thoroughly enjoyed our meals and time spent there.

B
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The service is fantastic. I enjoyed my lunch entree. The noise for a lunch crowd was surprisingly moderate. We were seated one table from another group who were speaking at a normal level and it was quiet enough for us to hear each other.

OT
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Food was very good but the restaurant was understaffed leading to poor service. The waiter and support staff were very good, just not enough of them. We dined in the first floor.

n
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the place and food. It is extremely good for the Sunday Branch.

BB
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

The food was fine. The service very good. The noise level much too loud for easy conversation. Dislike policy rigidity in rules about only taking full orders for the table. We prefer being able to order appetizers while waiting for the couple caught in traffic to arrive.

PM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall5food5service1ambience5

Outstanding. Except do not get Tiffany as your waitress, extremely neglectful and slow service with her.

BR
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Great food, old world service. Place just feels old...and so does the clientele.

W
New York Area
58 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Charming restaurant, on two levels, with delicious and reasonable prix fixe lunch choices. Service is always impeccable and warm, and after several visits, it is my favorite for lunch or brunch in the upper Madison Avenue area. Tables are not too close together, the greeting at reception is welcoming and after trying many dishes, I have loved every last one of them! We had a Holiday lunch for 10, and we were also well served, as are lunches for two or three.

j
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated a friend’s 70 th birthday with 5 of us. Never rushed us...excellent service and delicious food. This location and restaurant is the perfect respite from the hectic city. How refreshing to have 2 hours of meaningful conversation in such a lovely comfortable setting!

KK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was great. The tiramisu is to die for!!

SS
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Don't like the small tables for 2 which are placed far too close to the next table; almost like community seating.

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